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Last fall, I participated in a silent auction fundraiser for The Wellhouse/Open Heart Doula. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. Their desire is to create a place for Knoxville families to find valuable resources and to build a community of support for mothers. They offer a variety of services, support groups and classes for parents and children. Please check them out. They are a breath of fresh air. Through the fundraiser, I was able to spend some time with the Thress family. I absolutely LOVE this session. I would call this a “lifestyle with a bit of documentary flare” session. We started at their home then moved onto Dad’s work. Can we just take a second to say how BEAUTIFUL both places are? Goodness! Jodi’s home decor skills are rockin’. Wouldn’t you agree? Also, Thress Nursery Gardens is by far the most gorgeous nursery I have ever seen. You should check them out, too! 😉 Without further ado, I present the Thress Family.

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Whoa. The excitement I am feeling as I prepare this blog is hard to describe with words. Brad and Kathryn have a story of heartache, perseverance, and hope. For the last several years, they have been trying to grow their little family. After the loss of two babies in the womb, 4 years of unsuccessful infertility treatments, and many negative pregnancy tests the Helton’s became pregnant with a little boy. Even with the history she has had, Kathryn told me that she was able to maintain a peaceful and hopeful spirit throughout her pregnancy. She clung to Isaiah 66:9, “…I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord…” (New Century Version). Getting to know this family and participating in their journey has impacted me in such profound ways. I am forever thankful for the connection we now have. I hope you take the time to watch their fusion film (stills + video). It takes you along through this birth story in such a way that you feel as though you were there. Grab some tissues and enjoy meeting little Noah Leland Helton. Their rainbow baby.:)

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This month’s installment of my 15 on 15 is coming to you six days late. Soooo, we are going to make it a 21 on 21. Cool? Cool. This past month has been full. We celebrated Easter, celebrated Audrey turning 4, celebrated Sawyer pooping on the potty (ha!), celebrated Mother’s day, and celebrated Mamaw’s pool opening! Yeah! The warm weather coupled with longer days has been a real treat. This month’s video is entitled just that…”Warmer Days”. Hope you enjoy! (P.S. the end of the film is my favorite part.)

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I was in much need of an update on my website. I have a link to a My Loves blog on my home page. Both my babies and my photography skills have grown since that post. I decided that I would update the link each year. I am about 5 months behind (wow 2017 is going fast), but better late than never, right? Let’s start with Audrey. She is a lover of all things animals, a lover of all things babies, and a force to be reckoned with. She is an outgoing princess who loves to dress up and hunt for worms. Ha! Sawyer is the absolute cutest little boy I have ever known. He is super loving and affectionate, but also has a bit of a temper. We are working through that together. He is quite agile and tends to jump off of things to get to where he needs to go. Like his Daddy, he loves his “bithycle”. Seeing my two littles in the role of siblings brings me so much joy even with the plethora of arguments. They really do love each other so much. Our little family is my life. Capturing that life is why I became a photographer. I am trying to purpose to do better about being present. I think a lot about quality time (especially on days like today when spending time with my family was thwarted by work). I hope to see growth in that area in 2017. It is hard to do life sometimes, but there is no one else I would rather do it with. So without further ado, below are some, well a lot, of my favorites images from 2016.

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I am very excited to post this blog. I can’t believe I have the privilege of documenting such a special time for this family. Getting to this point for them has been filled with much heartache, but oh the joy they have now! In a few short weeks (or maybe sooner) they will get to meet their baby boy. I will get to be there and witness such a miracle. Please pinch me. I have chills just thinking about it right now as I type. Until then, please enjoy this beautiful gallery.

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  • Irene - Wow… baby H sure has grown. Beautiful pixs…. Will be so nice meeting him. Blessings and Love!ReplyCancel

  • Helton Newborn » Behind the Stones - […] to enter into their journey. Not only did I get to capture Kathryn and her beautiful baby bump (see here), but I also documented little man’s birth (see here). Next week, I will get to visit them […]ReplyCancel

When I became a professional photographer, many people asked me what I wanted to specialize in. Weddings? Newborns? Families? I was just starting out, so I didn’t really have an answer to that question. The more I shoot, the more I realize that my passion is with documentary photography. I still LOVE shooting most anything, but capturing real moments and real memories is THE BEST. What does that have to do with this session? Keyton and his mom decided to have his session at his home. I loved that. Was his whole session documentary in style, well no. Playing his guitar while leaned up against a rustic door on his garage is not something Keyton does on a regular basis, but he DOES play the guitar at his house. Kneeling in the middle of his yard while looking up to the camera smiling is not the highlight of his normal day, but practicing his golf swing IS. Ha! I just love that we were able to incorporate a bit of a documentary flare to an otherwise traditional senior session. It made my heart happy.:)Below are a few of my favorites from his session. Good luck to you, Keyton. I hope the coming years are full of much growth and vision for what lies ahead!

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